CAB, Strategic Weapon Towards Hindu Rashtra
P J James
Following Cabinet approval, the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2019 that seeks to amend the Citizenship Act 1955, is set to be presented to parliament at the earliest and appropriate time most suited to the ruling BJP regime. If passed, it will be a historic landmark towards India's eventual transformation into a Hindu Rashtra.
As per the Indian Constitution, citizenship is neither religion-specific nor country of origin-specific. The proposed amendment, however, aims at undermining this fundamental character of Indian Constitution by offering citizenship to non-Muslim refugees and migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan on the one hand, and at the same time, denying the same specifically to their Muslim counterparts on the other. If implemented, the CAB in continuation of the abrogation of Article 370, will be another Constitutional coup and together with the pan-Indian extension of Assam-model NRC, shall alter the fundamental secular character of Indian Constitution.
During September, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has unequivocally made it clear that all Hindus missing from NRC shall be accommodated within India through the CAB. And the two-day Chhatarpur meeting of RSS and its affiliated organizations held towards the end of October has resolved to earnestly work for the implementation of NRC across India together with the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Contrary to what defence minister Rajnath Singh said of the spirit of "sarva dharma sambhav", embodied in CAB is the aggressive, xenophobic, and highly sectarian 'Hindu nationalism' or Hindutva with its genocidal hatred towards Muslims. It is a landmark in the direction of the establishment of a reactionary Hindu theocratic state or Hindu Rashtra - a century-long commitment and campaign so assiduously taken up by RSS. The Modi regime is bent on tabling it in Rajya Sabha with the hope of taking advantage of the fragmented position of the opposition. No doubt, it is the solemn duty of all the democratic and secular forces in this country to prepare for an all-out offensive to stall the passing and preventing the implementation of this most reactionary legislation that forms one of the corner stones of the corporate-Hindu theocratic fascist state.